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Sri Ramachandra University ties up with two National Institutes for Research
Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) has launched tie-ups with two national institutes of excellence to promote research and development in an array of biomedical disciplines and to evolve better public health training modules.
SRU’s tie-up with the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) will focus on areas such as new biodosimetric techniques, bioglass-coated titanium implants and high throughput mutational assays.
The second MoU with National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) envisages teaching and training in various aspects of public health, including occupational and environmental health, student and faculty exchanges and field-based epidemiological research.
The inking of Memorandam of Understanding (MoU) coincided with Founder’s Day celebrations of the SRU to mark the birth anniversary of N.P.V. Ramasamy Udayar. The SRU, which turned 23, has also completed 14 years as University.
In his address, IGCAR chief Baldev Raj said a holistic approach to education that put emphasis on learning, building skill sets, appreciation of ethics and wealth creation was the key to India progressing to a developed nation.
The intellect, foundation of philosophy and spirituality at its command provided India the opportunity to evolve into a superpower with the sensitivity to build capacity of poorer countries, he said.
The IGCAR chief urged young medicos to serve their motherland – a unique country requiring unique solutions – instead of following the “chariots of the West.”
Lalit Kant, Chief, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division, Indian Council of Medical Research, said the ICMR was working with the Medical Council of India to encourage essentials of research at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in medicine.
The effort also aimed to make research work an important yardstick in the assessment of a candidate for career advancement, he said.
Mr. Kant said research, especially low-cost-low-tech research that could result in bringing better treatment protocols to the patient’s bedside, was a neglected discipline in a country which had one of the highest infant mortality and maternal mortality rates in the world.
He pointed to an ICMR study a few years ago which found that of the 240 medical colleges in the country, hardly 50 per cent of the institutions published their research findings while only about 10 per cent came out with more than 100 publications in a five year period.
The ICMR official urged SRU to forge tie-ups to bring other medical colleges into the fold of research programmes.
S. Thanikachalam, chairman and director, Cardiac Care Centre, unveiled SRU’s vision for the future that included n emphasis on basic and clinical research, accreditation from international rating agencies and stronger linkages with industry.
V.R. Venkataachalam, SRU Chancellor, S. Rangaswami, Vice-Chancellor, S.P. Thyagarajan, Director (research), K.V. Somasundaram, Dean of Faculties and T.R. Gopalan, Associate Dean (administration) also participated.
Actor Vikram and Carnatic music exponent Sudha Raghunathan were honoured for their philanthropic contributions to the hospital.
Various endowment gold medals were presented to outstanding students in different disciplines. Distribution of cash awards and scholarships and honouring faculty members who completed ten years of service also marked the occasion.
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